Friday, 16 February 2018


BOREKH SOLTS (1903-September 1928)
            He was born in a town in western Byelorussia.  At age fourteen he became active in community work.  At age fifteen he was the initiator and cofounder of “self-education courses” for youth and adults in his town.  In 1918 he served in the Red Army, before being demobilized and returning home.  In the early 1920s, his town became a part of Poland.  He was arrested in 1921 for illegal revolutionary activities and was sentenced by a Polish court to death, which was later commuted to thirteen years in prison.  After serving four years in Grodno and Bialystok prisons, he was sent off to the Soviet Union in 1925.  From that point he lived in Minsk, where (from the summer of 1926) he worked as editor of a bimonthly journal Der yunger arbeter (The young worker) and also co-edited Literarish bletl (Literary paper) in Minsk.  Together with Note Vaynhoyz, he compiled a pamphlet Yomim-neroim (Days of awe) (Minsk: Chervonaia zmena, 1926), 27 pp.  He died in Minsk.

Sources: B. Alter, obituary notice in Der shtern (Kharkov-Kiev) (September 11, 1928); Chone Shmeruk, comp., Pirsumim yehudiim babrit-hamoatsot, 1917-1961 (Jewish publications in the Soviet Union, 1917-1961) (Jerusalem, 1961), see index.
Benyomen Elis

[Additional information from: Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), pp. 255-56.]

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